Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions in Ukraine Date in the current year: May 21, 2017

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions in Ukraine The Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions in Ukraine is observed on the third Sunday in May every year. It was officially established in 2007 by President Viktor Yuschenko.

In 1998, President Leonid Kuchma established the Day of Remembrance for Famines' Victims, which was observed on the fourth Saturday in November. Two years later, the observance was renamed the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Famines and Political Repressions. In 2007, it was decided to split it into two observances: Day of Remembrance for Famines' Victims celebrated in November and Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repressions celebrated in May.

On the third Sunday in May, Ukrainians honor those who were arrested and executed during the campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union carried out by Joseph Stalin and his accomplices. The main remembrance ceremony is held at the Bykivnia Graves, a national historic memorial on the outskirts of Kiev. During the Stalinist repressions, it was one of the execution and mass grave sites where thousands of people were killed and buried. The memorial was opened in 1994, following Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union.

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